Adult Learner & Student Parent Week 2022

Adult Learner & Student Parent Week 2022

Adult Learner & Veteran Services (ALVS) supports the increased academic achievement and holistic development for all adult learners, resulting in graduation from Colorado State University (CSU) and sustainable personal and professional success. We do this through engagement and leadership opportunities, community building, and resource facilitation. The ALVS also recognizes the hard work that student parents put into balancing family life, parenthood, and college coursework.

To celebrate the many adult learners and student parents on CSU’s campus, the ALVS is hosting Adult Learner & Student Parent Week. This joint week is to honor and recognize our adult learners and student parents’ efforts in obtaining their degree while also providing them an opportunity to learn about the resources and support available to them to the CSU/Fort Collins community.

Schedule of Events
Week of April 2 – 9, 2022

Missed out on Adult Learner & Student Parent Week? Check out the Generational Grit Panel and the How to Talk so Kids Will Listen and Listen so Kids Will Talk recordings below. If you have questions about Adult Learner & Student Parent Week Events, feel free to reach out to

April 2, 2022.

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Lunch from 12:00 – 1:30 PM

Day @ The Discovery Museum

Join the ALVS for a Day of Discovery at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, an interactive and immersive museum, featuring hands-on and collections-based exhibits that tell the stories of Northern Colorado and beyond. Lunch will be provided at the museum in Learning Lab 109 from 12:00 – 1:30 PM. The ALVS will be providing free tickets to families that may be picked up at the front desk of the Discovery Museum the day of. This event will be taking place on Saturday, April 2nd from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

The museum is located @ 408 Mason Ct. Fort Collins, CO 80524. Lunch will be served in Learning Lab 109.

April 3, 2022

4:00 – 6:30 PM

Chipper’s Lanes Bowling Night

Join the ALVS for an evening of strikes, spares, gutter balls, and laughs at Chipper’s Lanes on Sunday, April 3rd from 4:00 – 6:30 PM. Bowling and dinner will be provided! Feel free to bring families and partners as well!

North College Location of Chipper’s Lanes @ 830 N College Ave. Fort Collins, CO 80524.

April 4, 2022

12:00 – 1:00 PM

Budget & Professional Judgment Appeals Workshop with the Office of Financial Aid

Is your FAFSA not reflective of your current situation? Often adult learners have a substantial change in income when returning to school, and we want you to know that we are here to support you in navigating your new financial circumstances. Join us to learn about professional judgment appeals, residency, and other helpful financial aid information! Lunch provided.

LSC Grey Rock Room 290
3:30-4:30 PM

How to Maximize Using Your Library

CSU’s Morgan Library has an incredible amount of resources to tap into that we are still learning about! Join the ALVS in discovering the different services the library has to offer outside of the stacks. This workshop will be taking place on Monday, April 4th from 3:30 – 4:30 PM in the Morgan Library Computer Lab.

Have a child between the ages of 12 months to 11 years old? Bring them to Ram Kidz Village where we can watch your children for up to 2 hours and 45 minutes. Not enrolled in RKV? We’ll send you the forms!

Morgan Library Computer Lab

April 5, 2022

12:00 – 1:30 PM

Translating Your Past Experience for the Future with the Career Center

Join the ALVS & the Career Center in a workshop centered around maximizing your previous experience in the job/internship search! Lunch provided.

LSC Grey Rock Room 290

April 6, 2022

12:00 – 1:30 PM

How to Access Basic Needs Support: SNAP Benefits, Housing, Food Security with Project Self-Sufficiency

Join Project Self-Sufficiency in learning how to access SNAP Benefits and to connect with resources to ensure you have housing and food security. Project Self-Sufficiency provides a one-on-one advisor relationship to help student parents navigate college, scholarships, career exploration, job search, community resources and reduce barriers to success. All are welcome to attend & Lunch will be provided.

LSC Grey Rock Room 290
4:00 – 6:00 PM

Champions of the ALVS: a Faculty, Staff, and Student Mixer

Join us on Wednesday, April 6th from 4:00 – 6:00 PM in the LSC Grey Rock Room for refreshments and connection.

This event is open for all faculty, staff, and students who:
– have a genuine passion for supporting Adult Learners, Student Parents, and Student Veterans at CSU,
– want to learn how to better support the ALVS student population, and
– identify as an adult learner, student parent, or student veteran.

This mixer is a relaxed gathering where faculty, staff, and students can connect over the joys of adulting, and learn how to best support each other.

LSC Grey Rock Room 290

April 7, 2022

10:00 – 11:00 AM

How to Deal with Unexpected Stressors with CSU Counseling Services

Life happens, and it’s always best to have some coping strategies on hand for when it does. Even when we think we have it figured out, there’s always more room to build our self-help toolkit. Bring your friends, and we’ll see you there!

LSC 382
12:00 – 1:00 PM

Generational Grit: Adults Reflecting On Their Parent Students (Panel)

Join the ALVS and our amazing panel of individuals who are the children of student parents as we gain insight into how their parent attending college impacted their lives. Lunch will be provided.

LSC 382

April 8, 2022

12:00 – 1:30 PM

How to Talk so Kids Will Listen, and Listen so Kids Will Talk

Join the ALVS and Dr. Jennifer Reinke, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Experiential Learning in the Human Development and Family Studies Department at CSU, for a FREE workshop filled with communication strategies for parents to use when interacting with children and a FREE copy of Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish’s national bestseller, “How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk.”

Feel free to pick up free copy of the book in the ALVS today!

Free copies of the book & lunch will be provided.

LSC 382

April 9, 2022

8:00 – 11:00 PM

Pool Party @ the CSU Rec Center

Join the ALVS in bringing Adult Learner & Student Parent Week to an end at our Pool Party @ the CSU Rec Center! Families and Partners are welcome!

With four 25-yard lap lanes, a zero depth entry, ADA lift, rock wall, lazy river, volleyball and basketball area… we’re pretty confident you’ll find something to love at the Aquatic Center. Pool access is available from the men’s and women’s locker rooms or through the gender inclusive changing area.

Wondering what to wear in the pool? Wear attire that is most comfortable to you and your needs. The only thing we ask is that it is clean, athletic attire (traditional swimsuits, athletic shirts, athletic shorts, athletic pants, t-shirts, or breathable long sleeve shirts, water shoes). To ensure your safety, jeans, socks, street shoes, or solely undergarments are not allowed in the aquatics area.

CSU Rec Center Pool

Adult Learner & Student Parent Resources

Connect with an ALVS Peer Advisor by filling out this form. Peer Advisors are here to help answer questions, direct students to resources and build a strong community of adult learners.

While finding that balance is not always the easiest of tasks, the ALVS is a safe space for student parents to access resources and support as they balance parenting while pursuing their degree. These resources are open to students of all ages and backgrounds.

Schedule a meeting with someone on our ALVS staff. Request an in-person meeting, a virtual video meeting, or a meeting by phone by filling out this form.

Request a free ALVS tutor by filling out this form. Tutors available for most lower-division science and math classes. However, if we don’t currently have a tutor for your particular class, we will work on finding one for you.

André Eberspacher

André Eberspacher Pronouns: He/They Major: Chemistry and Philosophy ALVS Identities: Adult Learner Sign up for a 1:1 with André here: Hello! Thanks for taking a moment to learn about me. I consider myself the observant, quiet sort. Small talk is not my forte. Luckily, I am blessed with a passionate and excitable disposition. I [...]

Kevin Melchior

Kevin Melchior Pronouns: He/Him Major: Undeclared, looking at Mechanical Engineering or Political Science ALVS Identities: Adult Learner, Student Veteran Sign up for a 1:1 with Kevin here: My name is Kevin Melchior and I am an adult learner and student veteran. My collegiate journey had a bit of a false start. I enrolled in my local university [...]

Melissa Gonzalez

Melissa Veronica Gonzalez Pronouns: She/Her/Ella Major: Nutrition with a concentration in Dietetics ALVS Identities: Adult Learner Sign up for a 1:1 with Melissa here: My name is Melissa V. Gonzalez, I am a Chicana who can’t eat beans, onions, and garlic which helps explain my major. I am a Nutrition major with a concentration in Dietetics. [...]

Jhonnie Porter

Jhonnie Porter (pronounced yō-nē) Pronouns: He/Him Major: Restoration Ecology with a minor in Sociology ALVS Identities: Adult Learner, Student Veteran Sign up for a 1:1 with Jhonnie here: My name is Jhonnie Porter, I go by he/him pronouns & am majoring in Restoration Ecology with a minor in Sociology.  I worked as a data systems administrator in [...]

Meghan Haddy

Meghan Haddy (She/Her) Meghan is from Minnesota and completed her undergrad at the University of Northern Iowa with a BA in Organizational Leadership and Global Marketing in 2019. Since graduating, she has been working with the North American Office of the International Summer School at the University of Oslo. This summer she worked in their office in [...]

Jessica Roig

Jessica (Jessie) Roig Pronouns: She/Her(s) Major: Political Science & Sociology ALVS Identities: Adult Learner Sign up for a 1:1 with Jessie here: Hi yinz! My name is Jessie Roig and I’m a junior, double majoring in Political Science and Sociology. I moved here from Pittsburgh, PA in 2021 and started at CSU in the Fall of that [...]